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Predicting The 2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: What Films Will Walk The Red Carpet With 'Grace Of Monaco'?

by The Playlist Staff
March 17, 2014 2:11 PM
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Also Possible: Of course, these are only the most likely contenders: there’s room for plenty more surprises among the line-up. There’s often a big blockbuster or animated film playing out of competition (“Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Madagascar 3” and opener “The Great Gatsby” have ticked that box of late), so it’s possible that any of “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” “Godzilla,” “Maleficent” or “Edge Of Tomorrow” might show up in some form. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Clint Eastwood’s musical “Jersey Boys,” which opens in June — the director was at the festival with “Mystic River” and “Changeling.” In terms of U.S. product, we could see the premiere of Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” — he’d be a Cannes first-timer, but the film should be ready, having been pushed from last year, and would certainly provide a high-profile launch. Another delayed possibility is Susanne Bier’s “Serena” with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, though Bier tends to favor TIFF and Venice for her films. Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” could yet be ready in time, while James Franco has two new films that should be ready, “Bukowski” and “Black Dog Red Dog,” and also features in Wim Wenders’ “Everything Will Be Fine,” another possibility, while troubled Western “Jane Got A Gun” might yet turn up.

In terms of more international fare, German helmer Christian Petzold is back with “Phoenix,” and while he normally unveils his films in Berlin, it wasn’t in the line-up this time, so could well turn up on the Croisette. 105-year-old Manoel De Olivera could be back too to make Eastwood look like a whippersnapper--his latest is “The Church Of The Devil,” but it’s unclear if it’ll be ready in time. French helmer Benoit Jacquot teams Charlotte Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve for “3 Hearts,” which certainly makes that an option, while Christophe Honore’s “Metamorphosis,” Ruben Ostland’s “Tourist” and Wang Bing’s “Love & Hate” could all show up. And “Berberian Sound Studio” director Peter Strickland could well appear (probably in Un Certain Regard rather than in Competition) with his latest, the Ben Wheatley-produced “The Duke Of Burgundy.”

Longer Shots: Like we said, there’s always room for surprises, so there’s a faint chance that some of the below might turn up, but for various reasons, we wouldn’t bet the farm on any of the following. Many are hoping that Terence Malick’s “Knight Of Cups” (or its untitled companion piece) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” will be viable, but that mostly seems like wishful thinking: who knows when the Malick picture(s) will be ready, or if he’ll be back at Cannes, while PTA’s increasingly been taking less traditional routes, and a December release date suggests a fall bow might be more likely. But we’d be happy to be wrong in both cases.

As regards big-star fare, Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” could be ready, but the director’s premiered everything at Venice, so that’s a more likely home, while Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” which only just wrapped, probably won’t be ready in time. Michael Roskam’s “Bullhead” follow-up “The Drop,” with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, could be a dark horse, as might Jon Stewart’s Iran-set directorial debut “Rosewater.” We’d be surprised if the Weinsteins premiered either “The Imitation Game” or “Suite Francaise” in full, but look for their traditional presentation of snippets of footage at some point. Liv Ullman’s “Miss Julie,” with Jessica Chastain, might be a better bet. The last few years have seen high-profile Sundance fare like “Fruitvale Station,” “Beasts Of The Southern Wild” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” get their European bows in the sidebar competitions, but there’s not much from this year’s batch that seems all that likely. If anything does cross the Atlantic, though, we’d put our money on “Whiplash,” “Listen Up Philip” or maybe “The Sleepwalker.” Peter Bogdanovich’s “Squirrel To The Nuts” could pop up, though last we heard it was still being edited.

In terms of international directors, we have our fingers crossed for Hou Hsiao-Hien’s long-delayed “The Assassin,” but we won’t hold our breath, especially as it only just (finally) wrapped. Similarly, Christi Puiu’s “Sierra-Nevada,” Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Nanni Moretti’s “Mia Madre” all only shot in the last few months, so will likely hit Venice or TIFF instead. Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden” is also a better bet for the fall, though could squeak in under the wire. Johnnie To’s a Cannes favorite, but rom-com sequel “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” seems like a stretch for a festival. Anthology picture “Rio I Love You” might be possible, as are new films by Andrzej Zulawski and Andreas Dresen. Finally, Godard’s long-awaited “Goodbye To Language 3D” might finally appear, but we’ve been burned before on that one. Know the scoop on the chances of these or any others getting The Call? Does the potential above get you excited for the festival? Let us know below. —Oli Lyttelton, Jessica Kiang

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  • Gossip blog | April 16, 2014 1:24 PMReply

    Indiewire making dumb stans to believe that the atrocious vampire actor, Pattinson is the lead. lmao. Want hits badly. Credibility going down the toilet obviously. He can't even sell his indies, they're all big flops. Pretty soon you wont be hearing about that piece of wood, that's for certain.

  • Emily | April 13, 2014 1:21 AMReply

    I would really love to see The Rover, love Guy Pearce who is such a versatile and brilliant actor and I really like David Michod's work. Robert Pattinson seems damn good in it too from what I've seen.

  • Lucas | March 21, 2014 10:33 AMReply

    I really wish Serena, with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, to appear. The book is incredible and I'm very curious to see the performace of Miss Lawrence.

  • The Fanciful Norwegian | March 19, 2014 3:04 AMReply

    Wang Xiaoshuai's THE INTRUDER wrapped in early November, so it should certainly be ready for the festival if they'll have it. Ann Hui's THE GOLDEN ERA (which is current set for a May release in China) seems likely as well.

  • GAStinks | March 18, 2014 2:02 PMReply

    Saw Jalil Lespert's "Yves Saint Laurent" as well and was underwhelmed so as fan of Bonello and huge fan of Seydoux,Garrel and Ulliel; I cannot wait for his version.Pierre Bergé is scum and has unfortunately influenced Lespert by providing him with material.It felt more like a Pierre Bergé movie instead on a movie on Saint Laurent.Bonello doesn't play that game that's why Bergé has tried so hard and so much to stop Bonello.Bonello's version will probably be darker and show the real Yves Saint Laurent and especially the kind of scum Pierre Bergé really is.I know the French public and critics liked Pierre Niney and Guillaume Gallienne but the French movie industry is waiting for Bonello's and so am I.

  • JuanL | March 18, 2014 11:02 AMReply

    Also, I don't think we can leave out the new movie from Andre Techine, either which is in post production and stars Deneuve and Canet. He was relegated to Director's Fortnight with "Les Impardonables", but should be back in main competition this time.

    And I wouldn't count out Atom Egoyan's "Captive". He hasn't been on his A game lately, so the film may not show up at all, but it could be included somewhere. Maybe out of competition.

  • JuanL | March 18, 2014 10:59 AMReply

    How about the new film from Kornél Mundruczó? "White God" is in post-production (per imdb) and Mundruczo has been in competition twice.

  • Mi | March 18, 2014 8:54 AMReply

    Thanks The Playlist for such informative article.Nice job.

  • Gustavo | March 17, 2014 6:56 PMReply

    The dismissive way you address Zinnemann's 1948 war docudrama is gross. I hope you haven't even seen it.

  • Carlos Andres | March 17, 2014 4:32 PMReply

    I think in "Ich und Kaminski" from director Wolfgang Becker (Good Bye Lenin! ) starring Daniel Brühl.

  • g | March 17, 2014 4:07 PMReply

    Andrzej Zulawski has a new film? More info please. Can't find that anywhere.

  • datums | March 17, 2014 8:44 PM

    Same. What are you guys talking about? I thought he'd retired.

  • Ishmael | March 17, 2014 3:47 PMReply

    Denys Arcand (The Barbarian Invasions, Jesus of Montreal, The Decline of the American Empire) is supposedly in the running with his first film in seven years, Deux nuits, which stars previous Cannes Best Actress winner, Marie-Josée Croze (The Barbarian Invasions).

  • Oogle monster | March 17, 2014 3:20 PMReply

    Hoping Guy Pearce has a meaty role in The Rover. HUGE fan of Animal Kingdom and Pearce is such an underrated actor- deserves all the Oscars in the world.

  • Jordan | April 11, 2014 5:30 PM

    If you can't tell from that pic that Guy Pearce is the one in charge, you need your eyes examined. Pearce is the lead, but Pattinson is co-starring. They team up to track down Pearce's stolen vehicle. I have to laugh at all the fanboys getting bent out of shape because Pattinson is having a successful career. They're going to be very unhappy over the next couple of years because he's working with Cumberbatch, Herzog, Dane DeHaan, and all their other favorites.

  • Just the facts | March 19, 2014 4:48 PM

    I saw Breath In too, and it sucked, big time. Pearce is a great actor, but even he couldn't make that film watchable. And he loved working with Pattinson in The Rover.

    “The best thing about Rob is that he is a really great actor. Watching the rushes back, you go: ‘OK, he is just going to be fantastic’. He plays (the character, Rey) slightly backward, emotionally useless and really vulnerable. He’s got this beautiful face so you are completely entranced by that face no matter how ugly he makes himself or how wounded he is, or how manky his haircut.” — GUY PEARCE (Actor, The Rover 2014)

  • JK1193 | March 19, 2014 4:16 PM

    Pearce rocks so much!!! How he didn't get nominated for Memento is still puzzling to me as well as so many other missed opportunities (L.A. Confidential, The Proposition, The King's Speech and Lawless) and Breathe In and The Rover definately look to be career best performances.

  • Declan | March 18, 2014 8:39 AM

    It's just click bait for the Twihards. Everyone knows Pearce is an immense actor and Pattinson just looks like foil to his leading character.

  • David | March 18, 2014 4:21 AM

    Whosit, Guy Pearce is the shit. Such a talented actor long neglected for some odd reason. Just look at his film history. So diverse. But the picture they used is distracting for a reason, and it's the one A24 are using. Since they have obviously seen the film, something is going on in that moment. But make no mistake, Pearce is deserving and then some.

  • Whosit | March 17, 2014 8:17 PM

    Love Guy Pearce! He is first billed in The Rover. I don't know why this site seems to have such a hard-on for Pattinson and puts his name first in every movie he's featured even though he's not the lead. And what's with the big distracting picture? Anyway, can't wait to see the movie. Just saw Pearce in 'Breathe In' - what a talent!

  • Diana | March 17, 2014 4:24 PM

    Actually, I tthink Guy Pearce has the lead role in The Rover, Robert Pattinson plays the 2nd lead. Scott McNairy is the villain. checkout the movie poster.

  • John | March 17, 2014 2:40 PMReply

    No Hong Sang-soo? He has a film ready since last fall and In Another Country was in competition in '12.

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